Woot Woot Here Comes Summer

I bet you’re curious…  Yes, this summer at the Jersey Shore is shaping up to be fantastic!  Schools are letting out in the upcoming days and it is time to think Summer Thoughts, namely Firework Displays.

Kaboom is still on the kabash for this year in Red Bank due to organizational and financial issues, but there are still plenty of nearby towns planning on providing spectacular visual entertainment for you and your family.

The longest running event during the Independence Day holiday at the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic Highlands Fireman Fair.  This unique town offers tremendous water views, great restaurants, a marina and fishing boats available to charter throughout the year.  The fair will be going on from July 2-July 6 at Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive.  Circle your calendar for Fireworks on Friday, July 5th with a rain date of Saturday July 7th.

Hazlet is always a winner with fireworks.  Start your holiday weekend early by watching the Wednesday July 3rd display.  Get to Veterans Park, grab a prime spot and wait patiently for the sun to set. (Rain date Friday, July 5th)

Spend the day in Keansburg at the amusement and water parks.  Spend your night ooooing and aaahhhing at the colors exploding across the black canvas of the night sky.   They offer a double feature – Wednesday and Thursday July 3rd and July 4th at dusk – Fishing Pier and Boardwalk

Long Branch proudly presents Oceanfest on Thursday July 4th – all day free family fun can be found.  This annual festival is a crowd pleaser “for shore” with activities happening all day long starting at 10am.  What can be better than good old fashioned family fun at the Promenade in Long Branch!?!  Don’t forget to stop at Strollo’s Lighthouse and cool off or celebrate with an authentic Italian ice or delicious homemade soft serve ice cream.

Union Beach, one of the most devastated Monmouth County communities from Sandy’s wrath, did not have any plans to conduct their annual fireworks display.  Those residents have spent the last 210 days rebuilding their town and their spirits.  One resident entered a contest for a free community fireworks display and Won!  They have not yet posted a date for this wonderful gift that has been bestowed upon them.   Be sure to come and celebrate their victory in determination.  You will never meet a more deserving bunch of people.

So pack up the car and the kiddos – shoot, we’re pet friendly at the Comfort Inn Middletown, so bring the family pet too – and head on down the shore to Exit 117.  There is something to do every day here and we look forward to creating Summer 2013 memories with you!


5 Best Things About the 4th of July at the Jersey Shore

The celebration of the 4th of July is one of the best things about summer and a show of patriotism to our great nation.   It also brings many people into New Jersey for fun, rest and relaxation.  The influx of people, also means… you guessed it, traffic.  In the interest of making the most of your valuable holiday weekend time, I’ll give the 5 best things closest to the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank.

KaBoom! Fest Fireworks on the Navesink has long been a draw to the Red Bank area for 4th of July. It is the largest fireworks display in the state of New Jersey according to the Kaboom! Fest website. Truth be told, the event is much more than the fireworks. There is Kaboom! Fest Amusements with rides and games for kids starting on Thursday, July 1 through Saturday, July 3. The KaBoom! Rock the River concert will be on Friday, July 2nd and of course the KaBoom fireworks on Saturday July 3rd.  Launched from two barge locations, Garden State Fireworks of Millington, New Jersey shoots over 10,000 shells, all choreographed to an eclectic mix of popular and patriotic songs. For all event information and updates, refer to Kaboom! Fest website.

Red Bank can also be a traffic nightmare, but we have a quick and easy way!  It may sound silly, but the best bet to get from the hotel to the fireworks is by driving or taking a cab to the Middletown New Jersey Transit Station and taking it one stop south (towards Bay Head) to Red Bank.  From the Red Bank Train Station you can walk to the best fireworks locations without worrying about parking and all of that unfun nonsense.  Bridget, whom I refer to as “Mrs. Middletown” when I have questions and is our weekday guest service agent, strongly recommends taking a cab to the train station in case parking is an issue there as well.

Looking to do something a little different? Celebrate Independence Day in style on a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise aboard SeaStreak. Enjoy the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks from the best seat in the house…The top deck of a SeaStreak Catamaran!! The boat departs early evening from Highlands, NJ and returns approximately at 11:30pm. Hot dogs and snacks can be purchased on board, or bring your own dinner. Full cash bar available but coolers and beverages are not allowed to be brought on board. Call 1-800-BOATRIDE/1-800-262-8743 for reservations. The flyer is available here.  The cost is $70 per person and reservations are required. Special event reservations are not returnable or exchangeable.

The Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair runs June 30 through July 3rd in Atlantic Highlands.  Independence week celebration includes live entertainment nightly June 29th-July 3rd, fireworks on July 2, 2010 with a rain date of Saturday, July 3, 2010 along with games, rides and food. All of the fun and excitement take place at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands. Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair 2010 Schedule is available on their AHFC BuyARocket Website.  Other events include a Deck the Docks contest and this year’s theme is Boats at Work with judging done on Friday night and Saturday during the day. The awards ceremony is 11:00pm on Saturday, July 3rd.  To participate you need to register in the Harbor Office by June 30th and there is no entry fee. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Fireworks Night, July 3rd. The route will be from satellite parking to the harbor. Please proceed to Center Avenue and Avenue C , then follow the signs. For more information here is a second blog post on the Fireman’s Fair based upon information kindly provided by Shelly Kennedy Cummins from the Atlantic Highlands Community Events Committee. Thanks Shelly!

Oceanfest at Oceanfront Promenade, Long Branch. At Oceanfest, visitors can stroll the famous beachfront boards, take in the famous views, enjoy performances by dancers, musicians, clowns and children’s entertainment. Sample from a smorgasbord of food vendors, and check out the wares of crafters from all over the northeast. You can even see a sand sculpture demonstration, meet a familiar costumed character, and catch some cool ocean breezes.  The festival will be held July 4th from 10 am to 10 pm, rain or shine. Oceanfest is a free, family friendly celebration that takes place along the half-mile stretch of the Oceanfront Promenade between Seven Presidents Park and the Ocean Place Resort & Spa.

Monmouth Park Breeder’s Cup Win and You’re In Watch champions in the making. The Salvator Mile and Grade I, $750,000 United Nations headline Monmouth Park’s second biggest day of racing. Top milers and turf horses battle to earn a spot in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup.  Monmouth Park Racetrack Oceanport Ave, Oceanport.

If you’re really into fireworks, the Jersey Shore is the place to be! You can catch 4 different displays on 3 different days. Rooms book up quickly, make your plans now. Give yourself something to look forward to.  The 4th is just a few weeks away. We’d love to have you stay with us at the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank, have a look at our website. Follow the latest updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages .